Do you ever hit a time when you are just tired. T. I. R. E. D. We’ve had two rounds of the sickies, allergies are terrible, spring fever is setting in, the day-to-day chores are getting old and I’m just tired. I want a vacation. I want to go and let others take care of all the dirty work of family life, while I just sleep, read, play and shop. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Except that is just a dream most days. The reality of being a young, large family on a budget is that vacations like that are a dream for now. Our “vacations” involve long trips in the car and visits to family. The work involved in packing, travelling and cleaning up after is a lot when it’s mostly me packing for everyone too. Most of the time, I need a vacation from my vacation! We do enjoy those visits though – as harried and hurried as they may seem – and I often do try to take some time to rest during those trips.

When I’m feeling like this I do try to get some extra rest (and my friend would tell me to drink more water and take some vitamin B or something). I also try to play more. Take a day and do something fun – even if it is just an afternoon at the park with a picnic. I try to break out of the usual routine. And I try to dream a little. Sometimes dreaming gets me feeling less than content, ut when I’m feeling tired of life’s routine moments, I try to dream a little dream of an extravagance. One day I was feeling discouraged about some finances, so I sat and actually mapped out how I would spend $1,000,000. That was really fun! I doubt I’ll ever win that kind of money, but if I ever do, I now have a plan!!

So today, I’m done with school for the week. I will get some extra rest tonight and this weekend, we’ll do something out of the ordinary. We’re going to have some fun and I’m going to let house chores go. We’re going to play hard and rest well. And maybe even eat out!! (That’s a real treat for us.)

What is it that you do when you are feeling tired and worn out? How do you renew your energy and spirit?

Published by Kris

Jesus follower, racing wife, mom of seven, United Methodist pastor... Trying to live a life worthy of my callings.

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